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Symptoms

When you try to download updates from the Microsoft Windows Update Web site or from the Microsoft Update Web site, the Web site may stop responding on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer. Additionally, the resulting Web page reads "Checking for latest version of Windows Update software." Also, a red X may appear adjacent to the update. In this case, you receive the following error code in an error message:

 

0x80072EE4

Diagnosis

Windows XP systems trying to run windows updates 

Solution

To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix it button or link. Click Run in the File Downloaddialog box, and then follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.

 

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9662461

 

This article is based on a Microsoft KB 921050 or more information please visit the below given link

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/921050

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